DOLE trains bus transport industry workers

May 28, 2012 12:38 am 

MANILA, May 27 — Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the department is gearing up for the nationwide implementation in July of the two-tier wage system for the bus transport sector.

Baldoz said the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) held an orientation for drivers, conductors, dispatchers, administrative staff, and managers of 26 bus companies. "The OSH orientation was aimed at helping bus owners and operators improve their working conditions and comply with occupational safety and health standards (OSHS)," Baldoz said. Early this year, Baldoz issued department order No. 118-12, requiring bus companies to have safety and health policies and programs.

In a report to Baldoz, OSHC deputy executive director Jose Maria Batino said the orientation was custom-fitted to the bus transport industry. “Road accidents are common occurrences in our streets and highways. The orientation was an opportunity for the OSHC to raise workers' awareness about our efforts to curb road tragedies by capacitating bus transport industry workers with knowledge on safety and health,” he said.

He also bared that the OSHC was in the midst of conducting rapid assessment of bus terminals to ensure efficient implementation of the order. (PNA) RMA/jmc

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